Reporting Beyond the Pale: UK news discourse on drones in Pakistan

Pope, Mark (2016) Reporting Beyond the Pale: UK news discourse on drones in Pakistan. Critical Studies on Terrorism. ISSN 1753-9161

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17539153.2016.1178486

Abstract

This article on drone strikes in Pakistan offers a distinctive empirical case study for critical scholarship of counterterrorism. By asking how cosmopolitanism has developed through UK news discourse it also provides a constructivist contribution to the literature on drones. I argue UK news discourse is not cosmopolitan because it focuses on risk and places the Other beyond comprehension. US and UK Governments networked counterterrorism operations have complicated accountability and while a drive for certainty promoted more scrutiny of policy, news media outlets, academics and activists turned to statistical and visual genres of communication that inhibited understanding of the Other.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 327 International relations
300 Social sciences > 356 Infantry forces & warfare
300 Social sciences > 384 Communications; telecommunication
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Mark Pope
Date Deposited: 23 May 2016 09:03
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2017 01:30
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/1075

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